U.S. Culture (week 23): Volunteering

HTP is committed to maintaining a strong cultural component of it J-1 Program and regularly publishes topics related to U.S. culture. This week, HTP Program Manager Kira Udo talks about Volunteering and HRC program manager Tina Hamilton makes a guest appearance 🙂

hfhOne of the most well-known volunteering organizations is Habitat for Humanity, an International Organization that was founded in 1976 in Americus, GA. It’s a non-profit, non-governmental organization. According to the HFHI website, “The concept centered on those in need of adequate shelter working side by side with volunteers to build simple, decent houses.” “Today, Habitat has helped build or repair more than 600,000 houses and served more than 3 million people around the world.”

Recently one of our Program Managers from our sister organization HRC International participated in a Habitat for Humanity project.

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Tina, pictured in the grey and pink, helped build a home for a family in need north of Atlanta, in early April. She enjoyed the experience immensely and will be volunteering again with HFHI one day. She even took a moment to smile for the camera…

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Volunteering is a key component of the America way of life. As mentioned here in  an article on the US Embassy’s website, volunteering is an American tradition.

Not only is it an American tradition but here are all kinds of great advantages to volunteering.

  • It can be very rewarding; giving you a sense of accomplishment.
  • It can increase your self confidence.
  • It can help keep you healthy physically (especially HFHI)
  • It can help accelerate your career. (Never doubt the power of networking!)
  • It can add valuable skills that you may not acquire elsewhere.

In the end, there’s nothing like helping out someone who needs it.


King George IV (1762-1830) says it the best, “The highest of distinctions is service to others”.

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